Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has outlined the need for the Reds players to take more responsibility when things are going against them this season as they prepare to take on Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Henderson was a part of the team that won 2-0 in Budapest against RB Leipzig on Tuesday as Liverpool put one foot into the Champions League quarter-finals.
He believes that can be the moment that Liverpool’s form changes this season – giving them a platform to kick on, as long as they can capitalise on it and make the most of it.
“It hasn’t been an easy season for us,” Henderson wrote in his programme notes ahead of the Merseyside derby.
“We had a great result against RB Leipzig in midweek, but that doesn’t mask our league form, which hasn’t been good enough.
“There are reasons for this and there are also mitigating factors, but our responsibility as players is to make the best of whatever situation we are confronted by and in recent weeks this hasn’t happened often enough.
“Throughout this period we have stuck together and the feeling has been that we just needed a springboard to kick on from.
“That meant producing the kind of performance and getting the kind of result that we came up with in Budapest on Tuesday.
“But – and I have to stress this – there’s no point giving yourself an opportunity to turn things around if you don’t go on to take full advantage of it.”
Henderson, though, says the fact that it is Everton that Liverpool face next has no bearing on that being the case, promising he and his teammates will do everything possible to use the momentum from the Leipzig victory to get back to their consistent level in the Premier League.
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“[Kicking on from Tuesday night] would have been our challenge today no matter who we were playing,” he added.
“The fact that it is Everton doesn’t change this objective; if anything it heightens it.
“It’s no good doing well on foreign soil if you don’t maintain those standards on your own turf.
“The pressure and the privilege of Liverpool is that you are expected to win every game.
“We need to get back to a standard which makes sense of that ambition by becoming more consistent and showing our quality week in, week out.”
Liverpool head into Saturday evening’s clash three points ahead of Everton, but Carlo Ancelotti’s men have played a game fewer.